Scroll through popular fitness channels on youtube or IG pages and you’ll find very few women working out the chest muscle. Why is that? Is it only necessary if trying to build a bigger chest? If I workout the chest muscle will I get a muscular flat chest? All common questions that most women ask and why they are detered from working out the chest muscle. Therefore, here are three reasons to workout the chest muscle, and below find a basic chest workout to be done alone or combine with a shoulder workout.
3 reason why women, or anyone, should workout chest:
- The pectoral muscle extends from the sternum, to the clavicle, and inserted into the arm muscle. Therefore if your looking to tone the area around the bra, or to feel sexy in strapless dress, put in at least one chest workout a week. Although unlike a common belief, it does not increase bra size, nor does it decrease it. It only shapes the muscle in the upper torso. But if your losing fat, yes you will lose breast size, as does with any form of weightloss.
- Most important reason is muscle imbalance. Having a stronger muscles at the back of the body, then at the front, can shift the body out of alignment. And in the long run can turn into a incorrect body stance and movement, that will eventually lead to injury. If your working out the back muscles, include chest workouts.
- The chest muscle plays a functional role in any pushing or striking motion. Thus if you find yourself performing exercise that require these motions, or just daily activity, then incorporating chest workouts are necessery.
Here is a simple chest workout, that can be done with just a dumbells and a surface to lay on, such as an adjustable bench or stability ball.
Start with a shoulder cuff warm-up. Perform 10 reps of rotating cuff 90 degrees, 10 reps of side lateral raise, 10 reps of internal rotation, 10 reps of military press. Follow with a few chest stretches.